Programming hearing aids for different types of hearing loss
HEARING specialist Don Hudson says many people are unaware of how a hearing aid is custom programmed to meet an individual's type and amount of hearing loss.
"These days we start by assessing your hearing across a range of specific speech frequencies, and you will also complete a speech test to check your ability to detect words at very soft levels.
Then once a hearing aid is selected, we use computer software to digitally program the hearing aid to amplify each frequency specifically in relation to your level of hearing at that frequency as shown on your test."
"With the digital age in full swing, most people have come to realise that having a hearing aid is not always indicative of a serious hearing handicap.
In many cases a hearing aid is only providing assistance to the wearer in a few frequency ranges to improve their overall hearing experience."
Don says the latest Swiss hearing aids are so small and comfortable that using a hearing aid should be a non-event for anyone with any level of hearing loss.
"The Swiss devices that we fit are state of the art, and incredibly simple to use.
We always opt for automatic set up for ninety percent of our clientele, so there really is nothing to do but pop it in each morning and away you go."
A1 Discreet Hearing Aids is at Q- Super Centre in Mermaid Waters, The Tweed Day Surgery in Tweed Heads, and Hope Island Medical Centre.
As a special offer, they are currently offering all customers free hearing aid programming adjustments as their hearing changes, and a free year supply of hearing aid batteries with any hearing aid purchase.
All customers can receive a free hearing assessment and consultation.
Eligible pensioners and veterans are entitled to free hearing devices and services through the government system.
Customers with private health insurance can receive large rebates on hearing aids if they hold extras cover with any fund.
To make an appointment with hearing specialist Don Hudson, phone 5578 6669.